|Contact Information for Office of International Students and Scholars|
Fitzgerald Student Services Building
|Address||1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557-0074
Immigration laws governing the employment benefits for dependents vary from category to category.
F-2 and H-4 dependents cannot work in the U.S. unless they change to a different immigration status (i.e. F-1, J-1, H-1B) which has employment provisions. Unfortunately, since they are not eligible for employment, they cannot apply for a social security number either.
J-2 dependents are eligible to apply for work authorization to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Detailed information about the application process is provided on the Work Authorization Procedures for J-2 Dependents. Please keep in mind that the J-2 dependent is able to begin employment only after receiving the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card from USCIS. Once you receive the EAD card, you can also apply for a social security number at the local office. To apply for a social security card, please go to the Social Security Office located at 1170 Harvard Way in Reno . Please bring your passport, visa, I-94 card, DS-2019 form and EAD card. If you have obtained J-2 status through the change of status procedures, then you should also bring the I-797 form; the approval notice from USCIS.